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New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 5 (Episodes 1-6)

John Hussey continues his series analysing the revival, this time with Series 5.

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2010 saw a radical change for the new series of Doctor Who in both the lead roles and production crew. Russell T Davies stepped down as Head Writer and Executive Producer along with David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. Davies had run the show since the show’s return in 2005, proudly leaving behind a legacy in bringing the Time Lord back to life and allowing the show to stand tall once more. Now a new era began with Steven Moffat taking the reigns and Matt Smith now playing the iconic role what would become known as “the mad man with a box”.

‘The Eleventh Hour’

Doctor-Who-The-Eleventh-Hour (6)The Eleventh Doctor entered with a bumpy start as the TARDIS flew out of control and left him dangling outside. Once things seemed settled his ship flung him into the back-garden of young Amelia Pond (Caitlin Blackwood). Unlike the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) in ‘The Christmas Invasion’ ‘The Eleventh Hour’ had the Eleventh Doctor up and active from the word go. His childish nature was seen fairly early on as he settled into his new body by diving into swimming pools, crashing into walls and deciding upon a specific taste of fancy (chucking away several food items in the process). Upon settling on his prized dish of fish fingers and custard the Eleventh Doctor made a new best friend with Amelia, discovering the young Scottish girl lost her parents in uncertain circumstances. Afterwards the Eleventh Doctor came into first contact with the Time Cracks, something that became of major importance throughout the Eleventh Doctor’s era. This started the ‘silence will fall arc’ which ran (unknown to us at the time) throughout the entire era and ended with the Eleventh Doctor’s final story ‘The Time of the Doctor’.

The Eleventh Doctor was forced to leave Amelia behind to fix the TARDIS but promised her the chance to travel with him upon his return. Little did he know he’d make the poor girl wait twelve years before he returned for her. Amelia was now Amy (Karen Gillan) and had undergone extensive visits to psychiatrists due to her belief in ‘the raggedy man’. Her anger had to wait as the Eleventh Doctor turned his attention onto Prisoner Zero (voiced by William Wilde) who had used the Time Crack to escape the Atraxi (voiced by David de Keyser). As well as a grown-up Amelia we were also introduced to Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) who served as the bumbling boyfriend, similar to Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke). Though unlike Mickey Rory was a little more on the ball and helpful within his first appearance.

The Atraxi threatened to destroy the Earth if Prisoner Zero didn’t hand itself in. The Eleventh Doctor defeated the sinister multi-form by hacking into a conference that included the likes of Patrick Moore and then devised a virus that turned all the clocks around the world to 11 o’clock. This virus led the Atraxi back to Prisoner Zero via the source on Rory’s phone. It was a clever resolution to the Eleventh Doctor’s first story. Prisoner Zero’s final words foreshadowed elements for the ‘silence will fall arc’ consisting of the origins behind the Time Cracks and the first mentioning of the Pandorica which featured in ‘The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang’. The Eleventh Doctor then stole his new outfit from a hospital (like the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) before him) and then called the Atraxi back for a massive scolding. This declared Matt Smith as the Doctor.

‘The Eleventh Hour’ did all the right things to give Smith and Steven Moffat the start they needed after the tough act Tennant and Russell T Davies left behind. The only fault I can find was the story felt too simple in places (like with Davies’ openers) and the threat, as perilous as it was, didn’t seem threatening enough due to the circumstances of the plot. Once again the Eleventh Doctor accidentally abandoned Amy again but upon returning for a second time he granted her the position of companion (after his period of loneliness during the end of the Tenth Doctor’s era). They set off on their new adventures together with the Time Lord (using his brand-spanking new TARDIS and Sonic Screwdriver) unaware that Amy was due to get married the following day.

‘The Beast Below’

Doctor-Who-The-Beast-Below-(11)‘The Beast Below’ was certainly a simplistic story in many ways and wasn’t the normal type of plot devised by Steven Moffat. It wasn’t one of his best, but not his worst either. I find it an entertaining storyline, though some aspects of it came across as very complicated and didn’t really make sense. It was an emotional piece and placed humanity once again in the wrong as they tortured an innocent Star Whale in order to travel across the stars away from certain doom back on Earth. The story did do what it said on the tin and that was to give Amy her first journey within the TARDIS. Compared to previous companions’ first journey within the new series this was a lot grander in the sense of scale and distance.

Amy’s first adventure consisted of a visit to a spaceship in the far future in the middle of space rather than a visit to one of Earth’s different points in history. The whole idea of the Doctor not interfering with the affairs of others was a massive ploy and almost hypocritical for sounding like one of his own people. Surely enough within moments of him saying that he was off and interfering in order to solve the problems of Starship UK. The Smilers and Winders were a bit creepy but weren’t really used to their full advantage, especially since they were advertised as something that would be threatening during promotion.

Liz Ten (Sophie Okonedo) was a good character and her involvement within the end game was both tragic and horrific. The ultimate dilemma of either saving an innocent creature from torture at the cost of her own people or allowing its suffering to continue for the sake of her people. The Eleventh Doctor’s reaction to all of this was an early sign to his darker side (then again his scolding and the usage of his name towards the Atraxi was another clear indication too) and even became angry towards Amy and her mistakes, declaring she was only human. The new Doctor was certainly more alien than his predecessor. Amy coming in to save the day was a nice moment to show off what she could do and that the Eleventh Doctor needed someone to help him. It was the clear indication that Amy could make him better and bring out his fun side. We were given indication right at the end of the story that the Time Cracks were something important and perhaps dangerous after one appeared on the hull of Starship UK. Not the best episode in the universe but ‘The Beast Below’ certainly got the era heading in the right direction.

‘Victory of the Daleks’

Victory of the Daleks Tea (1)Naturally the Daleks would have to show up at some point and it was within Steven Moffat’s interest to get them in as early as possible. The Daleks at that point had mostly been written by Russell T Davies so it was good to see Moffat hand over their first story for the Eleventh Doctor to someone else, i.e. Mark Gatiss. Gatiss went along the right routes with their return and brought a simplistic storyline that wasn’t too massive in scale but had enough action and tension to really give the Daleks a sense of threat. It was a clever idea to have them brought to World War Two as their very creator Terry Nation had based the destructive war-machines off of the Nazis themselves. Ironic really that within this story they were seen shooting the Nazis down.

‘Victory of the Daleks’ went about to make the Daleks sly and cunning. The Eleventh Doctor was left in shock finding them helping his old friend Winston Churchill (Ian McNeice) (who had phoned him in for help at the end of ‘The Beast Below’). Using ideas from ‘The Power of the Daleks’, even having a spin on the legendary line “I am your servant”, the Daleks made out they were Ironsides, a creation by Professor Bracewell (Bill Paterson) and pretended to be an alley to the British forces to win the war. The Eleventh Doctor through a peak of rage, one of my personal favourite moments between the Time Lord and his enemy, attacked a Dalek with a wrench and declared his authority over the creatures he despises above all else in order to prove who they really were. As it turned out this was all a ploy to use the Eleventh Doctor’s testimony to activate the Progenitor device in order to give birth to a brand new set of Daleks through pure DNA. This couldn’t have been done without the Time Lord due to their own bloodline being impure because of them being born from Davros’s DNA within ‘The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End’.

The Paradigm was born consisting of the Supreme, Strategist, Scientist, Eternal and Drone. They destroyed the impure and claimed their victory by escaping back to the present to rebuild their empire which would make the Daleks more powerful than ever. The Paradigm knew the Eleventh Doctor would become distracted by stopping the bomb within Bracewell, who was now revealed as an android created by the Daleks as part of their disguise, from destroying the Earth. Earth was saved but the battle was technically lost and this was the key to ‘Victory of the Daleks’ as they actually beat the Doctor and started off their return to power (something they really started to lack within Russell T Davies’s era). Another Time Crack was seen within the Cabinet War Rooms (once again unseen by the Eleventh Doctor and Amy). There was also the puzzling mystery behind why Amy didn’t recognise the Daleks from their last invasion of Earth.

‘The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone’

angel-flesh-and-stone-jacketIt was inevitable from the success of ‘Blink’ that the Weeping Angels would make a return and ‘The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone’ made this possible. Not only did the Lonely Assassins return in style they also received a huge amount of terrifying advancements to their design. Their game of “Grandmother’s footsteps” was no longer the only thing for the Doctor to worry about. The Weeping Angels started using their new abilities (which the previous Angels were unable to do due to being reduced to scavengers) such as implanting themselves into their victims eyes upon them looking into them, turning a image of themselves into an Angel, and finally their usage of violence instead of time displacement. The other addition to their terrifying ways was the fact there was an army of Weeping Angels instead of a small group. Through their sinister mind games with Amy we began to see a further malevolent side to the creatures which made those scenes more sinister and threatening. Also the part where the Eleventh Doctor finally realised that the stone statues surrounding them in the Maze of the Dead were actually Weeping Angels was just chilling. Their sly ways of attacking their foe was still there and simply grew in proportion from their first outing. Many don’t agree with seeing them move during the forest scenes but I for one found this to be quite tense and an uneasy set of sequences.

‘The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone’ also brought about the return of River Song who leapt back into the Doctor’s life in style and grace. We slowly learned more about her mysterious character. This time we met a less advanced River (i.e. she didn’t possess her rank of professor) and the Eleventh Doctor now held secrets about River (i.e. the knowledge of her death). River was revealed by Father Octavian (Iain Glen) to be a prisoner within the Stormcage Facility on the charges of murdering an important person, a hero to many. This, in my opinion, made you second judge River and left you questioning her character somewhat further.

The Time Cracks returned and this time they became a genuine threat and were put clearly into the centre plotline by the Eleventh Doctor with the Weeping Angels no longer being the problem. He determined that these Cracks could un-write history and anyone caught within them. This concluded why the events of ‘The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End’ were absent from Amy’s memories. The chilling moments when each of the Clerics protecting Amy forgot each other as their memories rewrote themselves demonstrated this first-hand. The Eleventh Doctor also determined that the Time Cracks were the result of a massive explosion in time on the day of Amy and Rory’s wedding. The Time Crack in the end was used to destroy the Weeping Angels, an irony on their part since they were trying to harness its power to re-grow their army. River was sent back to the Stormcage Facility, hoping to this time receive a pardon, but not before she did a typical River-ending of giving the Doctor hints towards the future. The Pandorica was mentioned again, with it to be their next encounter together from the Doctor’s perspective, but the Eleventh Doctor merely brushed it off as a fairy tale.

The Eleventh Doctor took Amy home only to be told about her wedding to Rory and then nearly seduced by his companion (which became very creepy upon realising who she was to him after the events of ‘The Wedding of River Song’). This was very different indeed and the Eleventh Doctor’s reaction to it all was just completely amusing and demonstrated his idiotic ways with relationships. In order to save Amy’s marriage the Eleventh Doctor decided to step in and intervene. If anything ‘The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone’ demonstrated the Eleventh Doctor’s character and that he could perform a badass speech that left you in excitement.

‘The Vampires of Venice’

Vampires-of-Venice-(11)Rory Williams was brought back in style within ‘The Vampires of Venice’ as he happily enjoyed his stag-night before it was strangely interrupted by the Eleventh Doctor jumping out of a stripper’s cake. The Eleventh Doctor continued his scheme of getting Amy and Rory back on the right foot, though unfortunately saying the wrong things in the process, by giving them both a holiday present. This entailed a romantic visit to Ancient Venice but of course the Doctor was visiting so it meant that things would go terribly wrong. The romance was cut short from the appearance of Vampires. The investigation took them to Rosanna Calvierri’s (Helen McCrory) school for girls where it was eventually discovered that she was in fact a Saturnyn who plotted to convert her school-girls into her own kind. This was devised due to the Time Cracks stealing their home-world and leaving her and her sons the last of their kind. The school-girls would act as mothers to the next generation of Saturnyns. Rosanna referenced the fact that through some Cracks they could see silence, another foreshadowing to the origins of the Time Cracks.

Rory was no longer (to some extent) the bumbling boyfriend anymore and understood more about the Doctor’s world through extensive research on the latest scientific theories. He went as far as confronting the Eleventh Doctor on how he makes his companions prove themselves to the point of endangering their own lives. The Eleventh Doctor managed to prevent the sinking of Venice and the conclusion met with the Saturnyns becoming extinct after Guido (Lucian Msamati) sacrificed himself to destroy the converted school-girls, Amy killed Francesco (Alex Price) and Rosanna committed suicide. The rest of the children were taken by another unseen Time Crack and silence fell. The Eleventh Doctor decided upon letting Rory join him and Amy on their travels and the trio was born.

My Verdict


  • ‘The Eleventh Hour’ – 8/10
  • ‘The Beast Below’ – 9/10
  • ‘Victory of the Daleks’ – 10/10
  • 
‘The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone’ – 10/10
  • ‘The Vampires of Venice’ – 10/10

 Join us for part 2 tomorrow.

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The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

Vampires of Venice actually gets 10/11.

Average is 10.4/11 (95%)

EDIT: ugh. Forgot to put it in reply, shall do so later.

The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

My verdict on Series 5, Episodes 1-6 out of 11:

The Eleventh Hour: 11/11 (100%)

The Beast Below: 10/11 (91%)

Victory of the Daleks: 10/11 (91%)

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone: 11/11 (100%)

The Vampires of Venice: 9/11 (82%)

Average rating: 10.2/11 (92.7%)

DW_girl
DW_girl

My ratings would be :

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10 (How is that episode too simple and the threat not scary enough? It's probably one of the best episodes ever.)

The Beast Below - 8.5/10 (Something different and quirky, which was well-welcomed by me; but must agree that some parts don't seem to make much sense)

Victory of the Daleks - 7.5/10 (Good story and the Daleks were at the height of their power and scariness; however I think the pacing is a little slow)

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 9/10 (Enjoyable story; the weeping angels were used to their full potential and their extra abilities made them more scary; however, the pacing of the first part is a little slow and I don't like the seduction scene in the second part)

Vampires of Venice - 8/10 (Nice little filler story which is entertaining, comedic and dark all the same; but nothing very original about it).

Antee991166
Antee991166

In the latest poll these episodes placed:

The Eleventh Hour-17

The Beast Below-186

Victory of the Daleks-193

The Time of the Angels/Flesh and Stone-53

The Vampires of Venice-167


So this series varies greatly with the overall fandom and I don't personally like The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks, but each to their own.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

Interesting ratings, the only 10/10 episode of the initial 5 stories for me was Eleventh Hour! How to take an unknown actor playing with a completely new cast, and within an hour make him THE Doctor.

microbat98
microbat98

I believe that from Human Nature through to Day of the Moon was Doctor Who at its best. Brilliant episode after brilliant episode. Everything I wanted from New Who. I loved series one as well. The only series I can say that I truly dislike is 7B, which is a shame given that it was my favourite Doctor's final run...

StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

I loved this article and reading it made me go back and watch this first era of Matt Smith all over again. I love Steven Moffats touch on this show: it's brilliant

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

Nice to find someone else who likes Victory of the Daleks. I'd give it between 9 and 10.

supermoff
supermoff

There is a discouraging amount of negativity in this comment section, but Mr John Hussey, you should definately continue writing this brilliantly series, as not only is it very well written , but it's nice to see some positivity! So many fans today are so incredibly pessimistic and negative about the show, so I cannot stress how simply uplifting it is to see such enthusiasm and zeal in an article. Well done good sir, I cannot wait to see your next entry :)

edoe101
edoe101

I love Series 5. I know it's sometimes known as the 'marmite' series, you can love it or hate it, I'm a marmite lover though. The Eleventh Hour is great, and was once my favourite episode of New Who. It still might be, I'm slightly on the fence with what my favourite episode is at the moment. I'm torn between TDOTD and HN/TFOB. But anywho.... The Beast Below was great as well. It sort of finishes off cementing Matt and Karen in the 'Doctor' and 'companion' role. An 8/10. Victory of the Daleks... I don't care what anyone else says, I love it. An 8/10. Yes, even the Spitfires. And the interestingly coloured Daleks. The Time of Angels/Flesh of Stone were pretty good, even if we saw the Angels move and Amy try and sleep with the Doctor the night before her wedding. A 9/10. The Vampires of Venice was a fun romp, and again, I enjoyed it.  A 9/10. So that's it for the first half of Series 5... and what's this with some of these negative people below.... Yay for John Hussey being positive! 



Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10

The Beast Below - 9/10

Victory of the Daleks - 8/10

The Time of Angels - 8/10

Flesh and Stone - 7/10


The Vampires of Venice - 8/10 

rahman93
rahman93

Im currently watching series 5 and the other series in time for series 8 so i thought ill add my Verdict (lol):  Eleventh Hour 10 -Beast Below 8  -Victory of the Daleks 8 -The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone10  -Vampire of Venice 8. Series 5 is my fav series its got good story arc and the format of the series such as several 2 parters and different episode types make it a amazing season/Series.

TheAfternoonoftheDoctor
TheAfternoonoftheDoctor

The Eleventh Hour merely an eight? This is an atrocity! (Well no, it's your opinion, and that's fine, just hear me out! xD) A simple plot? You couldn't exactly say Victory of the Daleks is the most cranium-twisting episode ever broadcast. Is it even that simple? Take Rose for example - old lava-face, shop window dummies, and all resolved with the help of ... anti-plastic! (There's other stuff too. I watched Rose only the other day and remembered how good it was.) But comparatively, that is a simple plot. Then you have The Eleventh Hour. The whole resolution is genuinely thought-out, clever stuff. The strands set up in the scenes in Jeff's bedroom (never thought I'd say that) are satisfyingly tied up as the Doctor saves the day. It's tricky to properly describe it, so instead I'll sit here gesticulating about how he does "the clever thing with the zeros" and "the way the virus is on the phone he has with him". And, well yes, if you put it like that maybe it doesn't sound so complex after all. But the thing with openers is they can't afford to be complex. They're designed to reintroduce the main characters (in TEH's case, introduce brand new ones, which it does superbly), and no opener to date has been overly so, save for perhaps The Impossible Astronaut. Okay, fair enough, so neither Prisoner Zero or the Atraxi succeed at being hugely threatening opponents - but by no means are they failed creations. You've got a fairly ingenious concept in the Dog-Man ... ish. I should point out that of course, I'm hugely biased. Can't help it. But to me, The Eleventh Hour is much more than just another eight (see what I did there?). It has wit, it has that quintessential British charm written all over it (quite like myself, ho ho), it has Matt Smith for goodness sake! Out of ten, I hear you ask? For me? Eleven :-)


Night at the Whovies
Night at the Whovies

All good an all, but I'm pretty certain that the virus turned the clocks to 00:00, not 11 o'clock. This alerted the Atraxi because of the zeros.

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I love most of these episodes. It's undoubtedly a very strong run (though most of series 5-7 is very strong, IMO).

My scores: 

TEH: 10/10 (superb introduction to a superb Doctor)

TBB: 8/10 (definite flaws, but great creativity and stylish execution make up for it)

VoTD: 6/10 (pretty average, to be honest, though I actually like the Paradigm Dalek design)

TToA: 9/10 (only time I've found the angels to be terrifying, on top of a great return from River)

FaS: 8/10 (very strong still, but though I get the thinking behind Amy's attempted seduction, I still find it uncomfortable to watch)

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Notsosmartguy approves of female thor

A little disgusted by some of the reactions to the writer's OPINIONS in the comments section seriously WTH guys it's not like he's a Roger Ebert or something. It's nice to get a fellow fans perspective which is what I usually prefer the professional critics.



Adherent
Adherent

EXCLUSIVE! - John's scores for Series 6:

The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon - 10/10

Curse of the Black Spot - 10/10

The Doctor’s Wife - 10/10

The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People - 10/10

A Good Man Goes To War - 10/10

Let’s Kill Hitler - 10/10

Night Terrors- 10/10

The Girl Who Waited - 10/10

The God Complex - 10/10

Closing Time - 10/10

The Wedding of River Song- 10/10

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - 100000000000/10!!!

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

11th hour: 10/10 (excellent) beast below: 7/10 (there were a lot of flaws but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt cos it worked overall) victory of the daleks: 6/10 ( a rare gatiss misfire, there are some great elements but it feels too lacklustre) angels 2 parter 3/10 (overly complicated and the endings just silly so despite some good characters the way the episodes ruined the angels for me leaves it so low) Vampires of venice 4/10 (just dull)


G_Unitt
G_Unitt

I really like The Beast Below! Even Moff himself dislikes the episode, I'm not sure why I do. I liked the Star Whale too.

Series 5, ignoring Victory of the Daleks (I never seem to love Gatiss' episodes), was perfect. My absolute favourite series in all of New Who. It was so focused, and yet never felt a slave to its own arc like Series 6; the arc was subtle, but still there unlike 2, 3 & 7.

TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!
TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!

 The Eleventh Hour-As series openers go, simply excellent.  Well paced, well written, exciting.  Can't really ask for more.  


The Beast Below-From one of the strongest episodes in the whole series to one of, if not the weakest, right out of the gate.  This episode was just dull and non-sensical and, after The Eleventh Hour, was just a tremendous disappointment.  


Victory of the Daleks-Yet another misfire, but thankfully the last truly bad episode in the series.  There are a lot of things to hate about this episode, from the cringe inducing point of Doctor Bracewell's chest bomb being disarmed by the power of love (DDAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!!! DX), to the new paradigm Daleks just looking incredibly stupid.  But honestly, the whole plot just doesn't make any sense to me.  The Daleks need the Doctor's testimony to initiate the Progenitor device because it doesn't accept them as true Daleks, the reason being that they were grown from Davros himself.  And my question is why?  Daleks are essentially just mutated Kaleds, and Davros, though broken and mangled and heavily artificially modified is for all intents and purposes a Kaled, so why would the Progenitor device not accept them as true Daleks?  It doesn't make any sense.  Very poorly written episode, and that is sad for me to say since I have always been a defender of Mark Gatiss.  This is one of the few episodes that he's written that I just do not like.  


The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone-I actually like this episode better than Blink.  I found it to be a lot tenser and scarier than Blink.  Many people see this two-parter as the ruination of the Angels, and I just don't see why.  By my estimation, all of the changes made to them in these episodes only enhanced the Angels in my mind, and added to their mystery.  Not to mention, the Angels were actually made threatening, because now they won't just ruin your life, they will end it if they need to.  "Angel Bob" not only is a frightening concept, but it adds a cruel edge to the Angels that just wasn't there in Blink.  Another point of contention is the Angels moving.  If they had gone overboard with it, I would agree that it was bad, but I thought it was handled quite well.  They didn't even move that much; they only moved one part at a time.  And they stuck with actresses in make-up rather than going with CGI Angels, which, combined with the stoney sound that they made while they were moving, made them seem incredibly real to me.  I found it to be an incredibly chilling and effective moment.  I consider this two-parter to be one of the strongest entries in this series, and a personal favorite of mine.  


Vampires of Venice-Eh.  I don't love it or hate it.  For what it is, it's fine.  It's just not fantastic.

Oodkind
Oodkind

8/10 for the Eleventh Hour, yet 10/10 for Vampires and Victory? The articles in this series are always quite good, but the ratings are always puzzling...

giddir
giddir

Great collection of episodes. All 10/10. Yes, even Victory. I adore Victory, it may not be as good as the Dalek stuff in Series 1, but it certainly was a lot better than the Dalek episodes in Series 2, 3 and especially 4. Though the paradigm colours are a bit...vibrant. 

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I love Victory of the Daleks it was nice to see the Daleks actually win for once

Liana21
Liana21

Series 5 is my favourite, Matt is absolutely lovely, funny and charming, and I was falling in love with him a little more with every goofy smile, every Geronimo and every cute expression in his big, pretty green eyes.

The Eleventh Hour: It's my favourite episode, I just love it. Matt finds the Doctor's Energy in a hertbeat and he shows off all his charms. I can't see the roof scene without feel something special on him. A perfect 10/10

The Beast Below: Normally underrated, but I like the funds of The Doctor and Amy's chemistry and I love how Amy reads the space whale behaviour in The Doctor's. 8/10

Victory o the Daleks: Another underrated episode that I like, Matt's first combat with The Daleks is not perfect, but Matt threating the Daleks with a jammie dodger is so cutely badass. 8/10

Time of the Angels/ Flesh and Stone: Another big favourite, the chemistry of The Doctor and River is just perfect, and the Angels don't loose the creepy factor for me. 10/10

Vampires of Venice: A really good kick off for Rory's life in the TARDIS, I love their little private scene talking about Amy's attempting of ..., and how Rory sees The Doctor at the beginning.

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Notsosmartguy approves of female thor

Nice to see I'm not the only one who liked victory of the daleks. I've already talked enough about the awesomeness of the 11th doctor's first series so I'll just say I liked all these episodes.


JustAnotherFan12
JustAnotherFan12

You gave Victory of the Daleks a higher score than The Eleventh Hour... What could have possessed you to do that?! I take issue with the fact that you've placed Victory of the Daleks higher than The Beast Below too, but to think that it could hold a candle to The Eleventh Hour is, in my view, ludicrous.

Quite simply, Victory of the Daleks ranks alongside Cold War and The Widow, The Witch and the Wardrobe as one of my least favourite episodes of the Matt Smith era.

MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier
MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier

The Eleventh Hour - Matt Smith first graces our screens as the Doctor in a full episode, and it plays out very well. Well paced, establishing a new array of characters while allowing time for the story to develop, an immediate introduction to a series arc that lasts the whole era and amusing throughout. 8.5/10 


The Beast Below - I've tried to like this episode, and rather unusually I've actually had moderate success. It feels a bit cheap at times, and a little silly, but it has a good and interesting moral dilemma even if it is underwhelming.  5.5/10 


Victory of the Daleks - A promising start with Daleks ominously stalking the corridors, and an atmospheric setting in true Gatiss style. But then it all goes wrong. The Daleks crossbreed with the teletubbies, planes fly into space like the solution of a cartoon on CBBC at 7:30AM and love comes along to save the day when a robotic Scottish scientist's chest decides to do a drunken imitation of the Countdown clock. 4/10 

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - An exciting, well-paced and original story that keeps the tension going until the very end. Its downside? Overkill. Now Angels can infiltrate your brain, emerge from TV screens and oh, everything is an angel. It's enjoyable and a great watch, but the subtlety of the Weeping Angels is gone. 8/10 

The Vampires of Venice - Rory once more graces us with his yet-to-brought-back-from-the-dead presence, and it's certainly worth it, for his lines are what make this episode what it is. It's fun, it's a romp, but hardly an outstanding episode of Doctor Who. 6.5/10


Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

‘The Eleventh Hour’ – 6/10

‘The Beast Below’ – 3/10

‘Victory of the Daleks’ – 2/10


‘The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone’ – 9/10

‘The Vampires of Venice’ – 6/10

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10: The best post Regeneration story so far. 

The Best Below - 4/10: Some really good ideas in this story but the plot is just all over the shop, it’s quite dull as well.

Victory of the Daleks - 6/10: Winston Churchill and the new paradigm Daleks were cool, but it feels a bit rushed in the middle and that ending with Bracewell is cringworthy.

The Time of Angles/Flesh and Stone - 7/10: A solid and scary action adventure story, but as a sequel to Blink, it pales in comparison.

The Vampires of Venice - 6/10: A fun little run-around and Rory is just hilarious, but if you’re going to do vampires in Doctor Who then do vampires, I don’t see why they had to turn out to be alien fish.







sontaran17
sontaran17

I love Victory, Vampires and of course the Angel 2 Parter.... but to have them better that Eleventh Hour..... I just cant see how that works. Great Article though




The Finn
The Finn

YES! Someone else likes VOTD!

supermoff
supermoff

Now, this is where things got really good. Probably the most consistent series, series 5 was fresh and wonderful to behold. The sheer jump in quality between S4 and S5 is incredible. 

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10 

The Beast Below - 10/10 

Victory of the Daleks - 9/10

The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone - 10/10 (way better than Blink, this double-parter was a near masterpiece). 

The Vampires of Venice - 10/10 

Great article! Love your positivity!

DasManiac
DasManiac

You give nothing but positive scores for every episode. Honestly I don't think you should be writing these things if you are unable to examine the episodes from a critical perspective. Not every episode is great or wonderful. There's no point to these articles if you can't examine the episodes critically. There are bad episodes.

microbat98
microbat98

You watched the entire fifth series of Doctor Who in the span of a day?

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

The Angels moving scene was scary, I liked it. And Amy kissing the Doctor was funny, especially his reaction I laughed my head off seeing it. And then I was shocked to hear the BBC had received complaints about it...

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

Oh, and VoV: 7/10 (strong on its own, but only average compared to the rest of the season)

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

As far as professional critics go I read the reviews at the Guardian and Den of Geek (well I read a lot of reviews but these are the ones I like most) because they are generally positive.

supermoff
supermoff

I actually agree with most of these XD positivity is never a bad thing!

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

@AdherentSo what if the scores are high? Doesn't it show how great the show is? It's great seeing lots of positive reviews for these episodes, and they completely deserve it - it's Doctor Who; I rarely rate an episode lower than 8 myself. And if John explains why he likes the episode (which he does fantastically I should point out - I love this series), then what's the problem?

AlexanderofAlzarius
AlexanderofAlzarius

The objection about Davros being a Kaled had occurred to me as well, but as possible explanation is that most daleks are derived from mutated Kaleds. Believing themselves to be the supreme beings, mutated Kaled DNA might be regarded as "pure" while the Daleks ,in The Stolen Earth/Journey's End and at the start of Victory of the Daleks, having less mutated Kaled DNA, might paradoxically be regarded as less "pure".

TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!
TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!

@MrRazza A Dalek saying "Would you care for some tea?" is right up there with the infamous "NOOOOOO!" in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith in terms of things a famous sci-fi villain/monster should never ever say.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@Deus_Ex_Machina I thought the CGI of The Eleventh hour was shockingly bad - which ruined the episode for me. Plus it wasn't fully explained until later.

I thought the Beast Below was okay. More than a 3.

Victory of the Daleks was silly, with a space plane, and the whole thing led to the pointless new Daleks.

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone were good. Possibly not 9 good, but still quite good. Vampires of Venice I liked, I don't know why other people don't. 


Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

The Best Below! Oh editing button how I miss you :(


sontaran17
sontaran17

TEH- 10/10   -- TBB- 10/10   --  VOTD  -- 9/10  --  TTOA/FAS 10/10  --  VIV -- 8.5/10


EternalDoctor
EternalDoctor

@DasManiac First of all, just because a person rates all the episodes of a show positively does not make their examination invalid. It just means that in their assessment they have found no significant flaws which detract from the episodes. The fact that John in this article has gone to such lengths to justify his positive ratings shows that he is fully capable of examining these episodes fairly.

Second of all, if you've actually been following these articles then you will have realised that John does give low ratings to some episodes, when he believes they deserve it. On this occasion he obviously didn't deem any of the episodes to have enough flaws to be given a poor score. Hence you have profoundly little reason to say that John doesn't deserve to write these articles.



Adherent
Adherent

DasManiac. I for one thank you for saying what sane adults are thinking.

Notsosmartguy approves of female thor
Notsosmartguy approves of female thor

@DasManiac maybe he does like every episode no need to patronize a person for their opinions.not everyone is a negative Nancy like you. Honestly the only episodes I consider bad are the end of time journey's end and the 2011 Christmas special.





TardisBoy
TardisBoy

Preach! Very well said indeed!